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Welcome to our Centenary Year

Find out how Soroptimists are celebrating 100 years of improving the lives of women and girls worldwide.

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Find out about our Conferences

Read the blogs from our Virtual Conference 2020 and look forward to our Conference in Llandudno 2021.

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About Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)

Educate. Empower. Enable

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls with nearly 72,000 Members in 121 countries. Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 6000 Members in 270 Clubs in 18 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Asia, the Caribbean and Malta, who work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.

Find your local club

Join the 80,000 Soroptimists worldwide, the majority of whom belong to their local Club, where they can make friends with like-minded women, have fun and work on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

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What We Do

As a member of SIGBI you can have fun and work on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

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Who We Are

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 7000 Members in 320 Clubs in 29 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Malta, who work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.

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SIGBI Member Benefits

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International Women’s Organisation

Improve Lives

Improve lives of women and girls

Make Friends

Meet like minded members

Travel The World

Opportunities to travel abroad

Volunteer

Opportunities to volunteer

Attend Conferences

Annual conference & meetings

Stay Updated

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Get Rewards

Access to Members’ Rewards Portal

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Federation Projects

Making A Difference Worldwide

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Women & Girls Helped
72000
Soroptimists Worldwide
6000
SIGBI Members
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SIGBI Clubs Worldwide

Recent Articles

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please find a selection of Frequently Asked Questions that may help you, if you have further questions, please contact us.

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best.

Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’. From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to the present day where over 3000 Clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.

We are an international women’s movement and together our Members are a global voice for women.

Our achievements have a huge impact on the lives of women and girls. We are an organisation with special consultative status at the United Nations (UN) through the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In addition we make friends and have fun!

Member benefits include:

The opportunity to contribute to improving the lives of women and girls by doing projects with other women
The opportunity to meet Soroptimists in other countries when travelling abroad
Access to our Members’ Rewards Portal, which has selected offers for Members which change every few weeks
Access to our online magazine, issued four times a year
The opportunity to attend our annual Conference, Regional Conferences and Club Meetings

1) Club Membership

Join a local Club, attend regular meetings and events and participate fully in their project work which is local, national and international whilst enjoying close friendships forged through regular Club attendance.

Interested? You can search for your nearest Club or if you know your local Club complete the online form. Then hold tight, your local Club will be in touch soon.

If there isn’t a Club in your area, why not start one? Contact the SIGBI Membership Officer sally@sigbi.org to find out more.

2) Linked Membership

Is for women who want to be “Linked” to and involved with what’s happening in a particular Club but due to their geographical location or personal circumstances they cannot physically attend a Club’s regular meetings.

With this form of membership you can still get involved with Club projects and social events when you can.

3) Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to women who believe in what we do, want to be involved, but can’t commit to Club Membership. You will learn about our organisation and get involved in our project work to improve the lives of women and girls through our magazine, website, social media and email updates. This is an online membership although Members can attend our annual conference and may be invited to attend local Club and regional events.

To join a local Club, attend regular meetings and events and participate fully in their project work which is local, national and international whilst enjoying close friendships forged through regular Club attendance.

Interested? You can search for your nearest Club or if you know your local Club complete the online form. Then hold tight, your local Club will be in touch soon.

If there isn’t a Club in your area, why not start one? Contact the SIGBI Membership Officer, please visit: https://sigbi.org/get-involved/membership/

Contact SIGBI

To contact Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland (SIGBI) or for information about how to join, please fill in the enquiry form.

For urgent matters, please call our head office:

+44 (0)161 480 7686